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Close Call
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, February 18, 2007

Apparently, Starbuck the Wonder Dog's bout with Parvo was a light one. Despite discharging some bloody, watery poo early this morning as the virus attacked her intestinal lining, she ate this afternoon when we went to see her, and she was able to keep it down. The hospital fed her again at 8:00pm. If she remains able to keep bland food down, the vet says we can take her back home tomorrow.

She was a lot less lethargic when we saw her today, which was good.

She's in an isolation room, and right next to her is another Staffie, who looks to be about 7 or 8 weeks old. It is a gorgeous dog, colored a solid dark slate gray. That little puppy is in much worse shape than Starbuck, but the vet thinks he'll pull through, too.

So, if all goes well, we'll be able to bring The Buckaroo home tomorrow.

Parvo is a frickin' scary disease. The exam room we used is still blocked off with a big sign that says "NO DOGS". We did some reading on it. It's nasty.

It looks like we got really lucky.

UPDATE: Thanks for the kind comments from everyone.
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I am so happy for you and your dog.

Written By: laura
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Glad to hear Starbuck will be okay.
Written By: Lance
Fabulous news, Dale.
Written By: McQ
Ah, that’s some good news for my Monday morning. Glad to see your experience with this was not nearly as bad as one I was witness to some years ago.
Written By: Bithead
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Always glad to see a happy ending to any ’dog in distress’ story. Love up on her BIG TIME when she gets home :-)
Written By: meagain
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Scratch Starbuck behind the ears (or on the belly) for me.

Congrats on the good news, Dale.
Written By: A fine scotch
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Glad to hear it.

You’re right, it is nasty. Once had a pup that caught it and had to nurse it through(no money to keep it at the vet). Got it through, but that was one miserable dog.
Written By: Firehand
Delighted to hear it. My dog spent two weeks (and an astonishing sum of money) at the vet, and had three paws through death’s door before deciding to get better.

one of the most emotional 12 hours periods of my life was visiting my dog, who had been home a total of 10 days before getting parvo, on a Friday evening and being told by the vet that there was a better than 50% chance that he’d be dead by morning. he was so weak he couldn’t lift his head and barely had strength to wag the end of his tail. His body had consumed all of the fat he had, so he was nothing but a bag of bones. And when we went to see him Saturday morning, he was sitting up, smiling, delighted to be alive.

This was five years ago. He came home on the Saturday before Superbowl Sunday, and we now celebrate the anniversary of the homecoming of the Dog Who Lived on that day.

Whenever I’m having a tough stretch, I take a look at his picture and think about the Dog Who Lived. He’s still so happy just to be alive. I’m sure Starbuck will feel the same way.
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